3 Tips to Have a Better Functioning Garbage Disposal this Fall Season
Most kitchens have a garbage disposal. Everyone knows throwing food down the sink is convenient, but the appliance can malfunction if it is not used correctly. You may need to call a plumber if cleaning your sink does not fix the problem. When basic troubleshooting does not fix the issue, a plumber can dismantle the garbage disposal to find the source of the problem. There are several reasons why a garbage disposal can malfunction, and each problem has a different solution.
An Electrical Problem
If the garbage disposal does not start, there could be an electrical problem. Resetting the garbage disposal will usually fix the issue. You will need to call a plumber if pressing the reset button does not resolve the problem.
Repairing an electrical problem without plumbing knowledge can cause an electric shock or fire. A professional plumber will check the electrical components and the electricity connections inside your home.
A Leakage Problem
A leaking garbage disposal can cause water damage. A professional plumber can tighten the bolts and check for rust. If the problem persists after tightening the bolts, the plumber can apply putty to the hole. An experienced plumber has the expertise needed to repair the problem without damaging the electrical components.
A Drainage Problem
A clogged garbage disposal often indicates there is an issue with the drain trap, and a blockage can occur if the unit is not regularly serviced. A drainage problem can also indicate rust inside the appliance. A plumber can dismantle the machine and remove any clogs. Before pouring toxic chemicals down your drain, be aware some chemicals can damage the appliance.
Many people take the convenience of a garbage disposal for granted, but taking preventative measures can prevent mechanical problems. You should avoid putting eggshells and large pieces of food in the garbage disposal. Always pour water down the drain after using your garbage disposal. If the above solutions do not fix the problem, you should consider replacing the appliance. A plumber can install your garbage disposal the correct way and advise you on ways to properly maintain the appliance.
Time to get your Round Lake home garbage disposal ready for the holiday season. Call Duane Blanton Plumbing at (847) 855-0000 today.